Delaware Art Museum receives national funding awards

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce that it is
the recent recipient of five grants from national foundations and organizations
totaling approximately $250,000. The five separate awards were given to
fund unique functions of the Museum - including research, fundraising,
marketing, the archival collection, and the Museum's upcoming Centennial
exhibition, Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered.

Museum Executive Director Dr. Danielle Rice said she is
pleased with the Museum's recent funding successes, which she calls an
"impressive feat in this economy."

"Although funding opportunities for the arts have
become more competitive in recent years, it's clear that the Museum's tireless
efforts to engage the community with our collections, exhibitions, archives,
and exciting programs have paid off," Dr. Rice said. "I'm proud
that so many national funders are recognizing our outstanding work."

The Henry Luce Foundation-sponsored Luce Fund in American
Art awarded the Museum $100,000. This award will support the curatorial
work of the Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered exhibition, which opens
in November of 2011 under the direction of Chief Curator Dr. Margaretta Frederick
to commemorate the Museum's Centennial. The Luce Fund supports scholarly
exhibitions and their related publications that contribute significantly to the
study of American art. Intellectual merit and potential contribution to
scholarship are the most important criteria for evaluating proposals.
The Museum also recently received funding from two other significant arts

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded the
Museum $11,000 to support curatorial research by Heather Campbell Coyle,
Curator of American Art. The Warhol Foundation's funds will help support
an exhibition and publication about Scott Heiser (1949-1993), a distinctive
fashion photographer from Wilmington who appeared regularly in Interview and
Paper magazines. The Museum also previously received a grant of
$75,000 for conservation and research related to the Howard Pyle exhibition
from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and a generous individual gift from
Howard Pyle Brokaw.

Additional awards to the Museum include a $10,000 gift from
the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support the exhibition and publicity of
the recently acquired M. G. Sawyer Collection of Decorative Bindings in the
Museum's Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives; a $50,000 award from the Jessie
Ball duPont Fund to help the Museum launch a 1:1 matching fundraising
challenge; and an in-kind gift from Google Grants to assist the Museum with
website promotion and visibility.



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